Azerbaijan celebrates National Flag Day
Today, on November 9, Azerbaijani citizens are celebrating the 102nd anniversary of the Azerbaijan National Flag.
The Azerbaijani Democratic Republic (ADR), which existed until 1920, adopted the Azerbaijani tricolor as the national flag of the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic on November 9, 1918.
After the Bolshevik occupation on April 27, 1920, the flag of the Azerbaijani Democratic Republic was replaced with the USSR’s red flag with hammer and sickle.
On November 17, 1990, the flag of the Azerbaijani Democratic Republic was restored under the decision of the Supreme Majlis of the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic and adopted as the national flag of the autonomous republic.
After gaining independence in 1991, the Supreme Council of the Azerbaijan Republic announced a tricolor flag with a star and a crescent as the national flag of Azerbaijan on February 5, 1991.
The national flag with a 162 meter-high flagpole measures 70 meters high and 35 meters wide and weighs 350 kilograms. The total weight of the construction is 220 tons. The flag's total area is 2,450 square meters with a weight of about 350 kilograms.
The flag of Azerbaijan is a rectangular panel consisting of three equal horizontal bands colored blue, red and green. A white crescent and an eight-pointed star are centered in the red band. The ratio of the flag’s width to its length is 1:2.
On November 17, 2009, President Ilham Aliyev signed an order to declare November 9 as the National Flag Day.